I’m counting down the days now until I’ll be going to San Francisco! Meanwhile, I’ve been working hard to get the garden in shape so it won’t take too much maintenance later in the summer, when I’ll be busy having fun. I like giving updates on how my garden is progressing, even though the photos I take outside often remind me of my limitations as a photographer! I waited too long today for ideal light conditions, so these are pictures I took with the camera on auto. Even if they aren’t great shots, you can see that most of the plants are pretty happy around here!

I’ve picked basil several times from the plants I bought, and the seeds are finally starting to take off enough that I transplanted some to spread them around a little more. This little plant is about 2 inches tall. Later this summer I’ll be freezing basil, and making things like Sausage and Basil Marinara Sauce and Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Basil Vinaigrette.

I finally got my oregano and sage trimmed so they’re back in control, and this is the row of perennial or self-seeding herbs that grow along the edge of my garden. From the front there’s Greek Oregano, Sage, Rosemary, Silver Thyme, Golden Oregano, Variegated Marjoram, French Tarragon, Flat Parsley and Curly Parsley. I hope I didn’t forget anyone. All the herbs are doing well, but a few of these are new plants this year so they’re still small.

Every year I wonder, will there be actual peppers to eat? My pepper plants all have blossoms, but for some reason I don’t seem to get many actual peppers.

Tomatoes are another story. All my plants except the Brandywines have tomatoes on them, some with clusters like this. Soon I’ll be happily making things like Tomato and Garbanzo Salad and Tomato, Egg, and Olive Salad with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette.

It’s hard to tell in the photo but this is a very small plant with a very big tomato for the size of the plant. Celebrity tomatoes are one of my favorites to slice and eat with sea salt.

It’s fuzzy, but you can see that I’ll have some Romas later this year when I’m happily making Slow Roasted Tomatoes.

Finally, what could be better than this! I have volunteer Brandywines growing all along the edge of my compost pile. I love the flavor of Brandywines, and they’re so huge one slice is big enough for a bacon and tomato sandwich.

You can see all the updates on this year’s garden by clicking the label 2007 Garden Updates at the end of this post. If you’re looking for the Recap of Weekend Herb Blogging #87, it’ll be posted at Rachel’s Bite sometime this evening or tomorrow.

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